Aaron McPeake - Artist's Talk at Spike Island, Bristol Date: Tuesday 28 January 2014, 6pm Admission: £5, £3 concessionAaron McPeake, winner of Shape's 2013 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary has embarked on his three month residency at Spike Island. Aaron will be revealing insights into his practice and discussing his plans for the coming months at this one-off artist talk, held at Spike Island on 28th January from 6PM-9PM. Aaron McPeake Aaron McPeake was born in Belfast in 1965. In 2002, McPeake had to abandon a long career in stage lighting design due to the loss of most of his eyesight and returned to arts education and practice on a full time basis. He received a first class Honours Degree in Arts, Design and Environment from Central Saint Martins (2005). McPeake's PhD thesis, Nibbling at Clouds - The Visual Artist Encounters Aventitious Blindness, is an holistic study of the impacts vision loss has on the visual artist. The thesis draws on the experiences of a panel of artists (who lost eyesight in later life) and includes his own experience as well as how he has developed his own practice. The resulting artworks are a consequence of engaging with subjective themes and making processes which have been mutually informative. He has received a number of private and public art and design commissions and has exhibited widely since 1997. In 2011 he won the Cass Sculpture Prize with his bell bronze works Some Cuts Resonateand in 2013 McPeake was commissioned by Camden Arts Centre, London.